September 3

Lila Kirkland

Lila Elroy Kirkland, 82, of Woodville, Texas, died Saturday, August 23, 2014, at her home.

Born October 7, 1931, in Sumpter, Ark., to the late Joseph and Sallie Durey Savage, she worked at the Tyler County Hospital as a nurse for many years and then worked for Tyler County Title in the abstract department.

Survivors include a daughter, Lila Jo Kirkland of Woodville; two sisters, Jackie Brooks of Crossett and Chyrl Carlotta Slocum of Fountain Hill; and four brothers, Lyance Lee "Bo" Savage of Hamburg, Lawrence Reed Savage of Maplevale, Eddie Dean Savage of Hamburg and Jerry Don Savage of Fountain Hill. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene.

Services were held Tuesday August 26, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Woodville with Dr. Raymond Parker officiating. Burial followed in the Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville. Services were by Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County. Guest book at www.rileysfuneralhome.com.

Lavern Welch

Lavern Welch, 88, of Hamburg died Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at the Chapel Woods Health and Rehabilitation Center in Warren. A native and lifelong resident of Ashley County and Hamburg, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church and loved to hunt and fish.

She is survived by a son, William Michael "Mickey" Welch of Hermitage; a daughter-in-law, Gail Welch of Oakdale, LA; a brother, Rev. Cedric Wesson of San Antonio, Texas; a sister, Margaret Dubose of Hamburg; three grandchildren, Shane Elton Welch, Brandi Ann Merrill and husband Kurt and Whitney Vandiver; seven great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elton Welch, in 1995; a son, Gary Welch, in 2003; her parents, Ben Hardy and Eunice Irene Upshaw Wesson; a brother, Doyle Wesson and a sister, Frances Stanley.

Grave-side services were at 11 a.m., Friday, August 29, in the Eden Cemetery with Rev. Keith Wesson officiating. Pallbearers were Mitchell Stanley, David Wesson, Richard Welch, Ronnie Pennington, Jerry Stanley and Trent Knight. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72207. Guest book at www.joneshartshorn.com.

Obituaries Published September 10

Bobbie Jean Golden

Bobbie Jean Golden, 73, of Parkdale died Sunday, August 31, 2014, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A homemaker and member of Southside Baptist Church of Hamburg, she enjoyed reading and crocheting.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Johnny Golden and daughter Gail Williams and husband Steve of Crossett; and five brothers, Frank Skender and wife Peggie, Paul Skender and wife, Darlene, both of Crossett, James Skender of Hallsville, TX, Jim Skender and wife Brenda of Hamburg and Burt Skender of Tyler, TX; two grandchildren, Trey Ebarb and Tana Ebarb, both of Crossett; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Opal Gulledge Skender; and one brother, Richard Skender.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a..m. Wednesday, September 3, at Southside Baptist Church in Hamburg with Bros. Vaughn Blue and Robin Allen officiating. Pallbearers were Danny Courson, Gus McKensie, Douglas Crain, Dale Densmore, Herman Johnson and Paul Skender. Burial was in the Crossroads Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhoome.net.

Sue Hayden Robbins

Sue Hayden Robbins, 79, of Crossett died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Born on July 30, 1935, in Jackson, Miss., to Lela and Carl Hayden, she graduated from Eudora High School in 1953. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston in 1957, and 40 years, she taught hundreds of Crossett and Southeast Arkansas students how to play the piano. Many of her students pursued successful music careers. She was a leader in music clubs and associations statewide and was a mentor to other piano teachers. An avid bridge player, she enjoyed gardening and traveling, and loved the company of her closest girlfriends. She was active in the First United Methodist Church of Crossett, where she was a member of the Willie Spivey Sunday School Class, sang soprano in the choir and was instrumental in helping acquire the church's pipe organ. She was also involved in the restoration of the Crossett Auditorium and its concert grand piano.

Sue is survived by her children, Candace Ann Robbins of Crossett, C. F. "Bubba" Robbins of Portland, and Julie C. Robbins and husband, John Pugh, Jr., of Little Rock; her grandchildren, Hayden Doss Riles and husband, Nathanael, of Monroe, La., and Adrienne Elizabeth Doss of Little Rock; and her sister, JoAnn Tullos Frazier of Monroe. She was preceded in death by her parents, four siblings, and her husband of 54 years, Charles Edward "Blackie" Robbins.

Grave-side services were held on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m. at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. The family requests that memorials to the First United Methodist Church of Crossett, P. O. Box 738, Crossett, AR 71635, or Friends of the Crossett Public Library, 1700 Main St., Crossett, AR 71635. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Billy Ray Robinson

Billy Ray Robinson, 54, of Hamburg died Sunday, August 31, 2014, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Ashley County, he was born on July 1, 1960, in Parkdale. He was a spotter for Plum Creek and a member of Epistles of God Church of Deliverance. An avid outdoorsman, he loved to fish and hunt and also enjoyed all sports.

He is survived by one son, Lazarus Tucker of Hamburg; five daughters, Alecia Robinson and Kaliyah Robinson of Hamburg and Bridgette Gilliam, Glenda Gilliam and Desiree Gilliam of Crossett; seven brothers, Robert Robinson of Hamburg, Robert Earl Robinson of Memphis, TN, James, Lee Edward, Frank, William and Bell, Jr., Robinson, all of Chicago, IL; seven sisters, Willie Mae Robinson and Ida Mae Robinson, both of Hamburg, Christie Brown of Memphis, Bobbie Jean Robinson-Pitts of Crossett, Mary Ann Robinson of Monroe, LA, Earlene Robinson of Pine Bluff and Fredrica Diane Robinson of Chicago; five grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bee and Georgia Mae Dugar Robinson; one brother, John Wesley Kilpatrick; and one sister, Georgia Mae Dugar.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday, September 8, at Epistles of God Church of Deliverance with Pastor Mary Arnold, officiating. Active pallbearers were Lawrence Tucker, James Tucker, Dan Smith, Morris Ray Richardson, Billy Ray Brown, Hollis McQuay and Vellee Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Lee, Frank, Robert and William Robinson. Burial was in Johnson Memorial Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Nellie Doris Thach

Nellie Doris Silliman Thach, 81, of Lewisville, Texas, formerly of Little Rock, died on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Born August 30, 1933, in Hampton, much of her joy in life came from her many years spent teaching preschool at the Pulaski Heights Baptist Day School. She was a long time member of the Pulaski Heights Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, John David Thach, III, and wife Stephanie of Colleyville, Texas; a daughter, Janell Lynn Thach, of Lewisville, Texas; a sister, Sue Drummond of Spring, Texas; a granddaughter, Madeline Thach of Colleyville; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, John David Thach, in 1999; her parents, Walter and Maude Ritchie Silliman; two brothers, Sam and Gervas Silliman; and a sister, Ann Strickland.

Grave-side services were at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, September 6, in the Promise Land Cemetery with Rev. Vaughan Blue, Jr., officiating.

Memorials may be made to Pulaski Heights Baptist Church Day School, (Support Programs), 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, Arkansas 72205. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Raymond Dewayne West

Raymond Dewayne West, 60, of Hamburg died Saturday, September 6, 2014, at his residence. Born on October 20, 1953, in Bastrop, LA, he was a farmer, a Baptist and an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by two sons, Joey West of Hamburg and Gary West and wife Corey of St. George, SC; one brother, Curtis Ray West and wife Jane of Bastrop; three sisters, Elsie Pollock of Hamburg and Irma Coleman and Serita Fullmore and husband Wade of Bastrop; three grandchildren, Shannon, Benjamin and Zachary West; and a host of other family, loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rayburn and Lovitta Moore West; one brother, James Ervin West; and one sister, Peggy W. DeBlieux

Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Monday, September 8, at Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Allen Eppinette officiating. The remains were cremated following services. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Obituaries Published September 17

Joyce Faye Carter

Joyce Faye Carter, 74, of Crossett died Sunday, September 7, 2014, at her sister's home in West Crossett. Born on March 25, 1940, in Holly Springs to Coby and Vestia Mae Jones, she enjoyed everything from horseback riding to calligraphy. She was crowned Camden's rodeo queen in 1956 and Crossett's rodeo queen in 1957. Joyce was also an avid golfer and won the club championship at the Prairie Country Club 12 times, many of which were consecutive. She graduated from Crossett High School in 1958 and worked at Bemis in Crossett for many years.

She is survived by one daughter, Stacey Kaminski and husband Eugene of Pittsburgh, PA; one son, Trent Carter of Little Rock; two sisters, Nancy Tucker and husband Harold of Crossett, and Becky Coody and husband Charlie of Bastrop, LA; two grandsons, Joshua and Timothy Cider; and one granddaughter, Kaitlin Cider. She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Brent Carter.

Funeral service was at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with Bros. Bill Moore and Lloyd Gibbs officiating followed by burial at the Carter Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Tim Cider, Joshua Cider, Tim Tucker, Kayne Coody, Caleb Coody and Glenn Cider. Honorary pallbearers were Morris Herrington, Tucker Carter, Thomas Carter, Bryson Gill, Cole Gill, Trace Tucker, Eugene Kaminski, Chris Gill, Rodney Graves, Todd Carter, Harold Tucker, Charlie Coody and classmates. Guest book at www.meddersfuneralhome.com.

Louise C. Coody

Louise C. Coody, 85, of Bastrop, LA, died Sunday, September 14, 2014. She was a faithful member of the Tillou Baptist Church. Mrs. Coody is survived by her son, Charles Coody and wife Becky of Bastrop, LA; three grandchildren, Coby Graves and husband Rodney, Kayne Coody and wife Emily, and Caleb Coody and wife Leann; and three great-grandchildren, Lillie Grace Graves, Hudson Coody, and Clay Coody. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifton Coody; her sister, Omie Lowery; and two brothers, Clifton Cain and Charles Emory Cain.

Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 17, at the Tillou Baptist Chruch with Rev. Doug Edwards officiating. Burial will follow at the Causey Cemetery with arrangements by Golden Funeral Home of Bastrop. Visitation will be held at Tillou Baptist Church from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Memorials may be made to the Tillou Baptist Church Building Fund, 19242 Cain Road, Bastrop, LA 71220. Guest book at www.goldenfh.com.

Tracey Michael Cox

Tracey Michael Cox, 28, of Crossett died on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Born on March 20, 1986, in Heidelberg, Germany, to Marc and Kathy Eckoff Cox, he attended Stuttgart Church of Christ and enjoyed cooking and the culinary arts.

Survivors include his wife, Keli Willis Cox of Crossett; his dad, Marc Cox of Heidelberg, Germany; two brothers, John Marc Cox of Texas and David Cox of Oklahoma; one sister, Melanie Cox of Missouri; one niece, Hannah Cox; and two step-daughters, Kaidyn Foreman and Khole Willis. He was preceded in death by his mother, Kathy Cox.

A memorial service was planned for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Kathleen Elizabeth Doss

Kathleen Elizabeth Doss, 85, of Crossett died Monday, September 8, 2013, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Little Rock with her children by her side. She was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church and a homemaker. Born on November 21, 1928, the only child of the late James Augusta and Beatrice Bula Doss, she worked in a shirt factory and fried chicken at a gas station in her younger years. She loved to cook, knit and quilt.

She is survived by five children, James Doss and wife Susan of Grenada, MS, Ann Nutter and husband Jimmy of Crossett, Curtis Doss of Crossett, Julie Kay Trevino and husband John of Maumelle and John Lee Doss of North Little Rock; ten grandchildren, Gordon Doss and wife Sara of Grenada, Matthew Goodwin and wife Misty of Cabot, Jason Goodwin and wife Brandy of Morrilton, Marc Doss and wife Stacey of Olive Branch, MS, Laura and husband Wesley of Plumerville, Allison Doss of Grenada, Heather Adkins and husband Chris of Crossett, Lindsey Murphy and husband Jonathon of Santa Maria, CA, Hayden Riles and husband Nay of Monroe, LA, Adrienne Doss of Little Rock, and Matthew Trevino of Maumelle; and 17 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her husband, V.G. Doss.

A funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, September 10, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with Pastors Eric Hodge and David Tohlen officiating. Pallbearers were Matthew Goodwin, Jason Goodwin, Marc Doss, Gordon Doss, Wesley O'Neal, Nay Riles, and Chris Adkin. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Medders Funeral Home. Guest book at www.medders funeralhome.com.

Jesse Harrison

Jesse Harrison, 94, of Wentzville, MO, formerly of Crossett, died Wednesday, September 10, 2014. Born on December 4, 1919, in Fordyce to Lee G. and Grace Pennington Harrison, he was a 1939 graduate of Crossett High School where he played baseball and basketball. He received a basketball scholarship to Ouachita Baptist University. Mr. Harrison joined the Navy in 1941 as a member of the Navy Seabees and was stationed in Guadalcanal. After returning from Guadalcanal, he played on the Seabees baseball team until he was honorably discharged in 1944. Back in Crossett, he played for the Crossett Millers until he signed with the Chicago White Sox. After a brief stint with the White Sox, he returned to Crossett to be with his family and continued to play baseball with various semi-pro teams in the area. A general foreman and project manager/coordinator for the general services department for The Crossett Company and later Georgia Pacific, he retired from Georgia Pacific in 1984 as a master craft mechanic. After retirement, he operated a commercial sign painting business. Mr. Harrison was inducted into the Ashley County Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. He was an avid fisherman and quail hunter and a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett.

Survivors include his grandson, Chris Harrison and Natalie; three great-grandchildren, Conner, Alicia and Madelyn of Wentzville, MO; one brother-in-law, James Robbins of Covington, TN; two nieces, Karla Hornsby and Rick of Millington, TN, and Patricia Funk and John of Alpharetta, GA; and two nephews, James Harrison and Rosalyn of Crossett and James Robbins and Betty of Cumming, GA. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 68 years, Martha Lane; one son, Kenneth Lane; his twin sister, Bessie McFarland; and three brothers, Roy, G.W. and Carl Douglas.

Grave-side services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, September 17, at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Martha Lou Page Hoffman

Martha Lou Page Hoffman, 79, of Crossett died Thursday, September 11, 2014, at the Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. Born on April 1, 1935, in Broken Bow, OK, to Charlie and Willie Lee Page, she was a 1954 graduate of Crossett High. She was a member of South Main Baptist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Kim Reed of Crossett; two grandchildren, Brent Reed and Summer Reed; one great-grandchild, Jorey Cason; and one sister, Charlene Morris of Crossett. Mrs. Hoffman was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Claude Hoffman; and three sisters, Pauline Brooks, Colleen Page and Janie Page.

Grave-side services were at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 13, at Pinewood Memorial Park with Bro. Lyle Hern officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to South Main Baptist Church Building Fund, 2801 S. Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635 or Gideon Bibles, P. O. Box 83, Crossett, AR 71635.

Ellie Dea Maxwell

Ellie Dea Jenkins Maxwell, 92, of Bryan, TX, formerly of Crossett, died on Sunday, September 7, 2014. Born on December 16, 1921, to the late Jess and Mary Pickle Jenkins in Crossett, Mrs. Maxwell was a member of Wallers Chapel Methodist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Geraldean Sanderson of Princeton, LA, Peggy Burt and Nicky of Hamburg and Terryann Sheeley and Gary of Bryan; two sisters, Maycel Barnett and Charles and Attie Ware and Enoch, all of Crossett; one brother, Archie Jenkins and Verlee of Crossett; five grandchildren, Eric Sanderson, Susan Burt Christen, Debbie Burt Hicks, Sarah Sheeley Brinker and David Sheeley; and several great- and great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Terry Maxwell; one grandson, Raymond Sanderson, Jr.; two brothers, Arnold Jenkins and wife Doris and Cordell Jenkins and wife Verda Mae.

Grave-side services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, September 11, at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Wesley Meeks, Jr.

Wesley Meeks, Jr., also known as Jr. Meeks, 92, of Crossett died Tuesday, September 10, 2014, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. Born July 16, 1922, to John Wesley and Laura Clyde Meeks, he was born and raised in Crossett and was very proud of his hometown. Through the years, he was a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Crossett Riding Club and served in the United States Air Force during World War II. He's best remembered as an auto dealer/mechanic. He began his career in the automobile industry in 1953. Throughout his career, he sold everything from Studebakers to Chevrolets. He sold everything except Fords and Lincolns. He enjoyed riding horses, deer hunting, camping and was an avid fisherman. He was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church and his name will continue to be seen on the bumpers of cars and trucks for years to come.

He is survived by his three children, Theresa Sanderlin and husband Jimmy of Monroe, LA, Dennis Meeks and wife Rheeta of Crossett, and Aundie Rodgers and husband Jimmie of Crossett; three grandsons, Tab Sanderlin and wife Pam of Monroe, Lane Meeks and wife Tressa of Crossett, and Russ Meeks and wife Stacey of Crossett; one granddaughter, Amber Pope and husband Mason of Crossett; eight great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 62 years, Ellen Pauline Deal Meeks; one sister, Myrtle Croswell; and one brother, Louie Meeks.

Funeral service was at 3 p.m. Friday, September 12, at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Crossett with Bros. Robin Allen and Eric Hodge officiating followed by burial at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Medders Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Lane Meeks, Russ Meeks, Tab Sanderlin, Travis Meeks, Ty Meeks, Zach Sanderlin, Jake Sanderlin and Mason Pope. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Ferguson, Richard Edwards, John Pennington, Walter White, Billy Deal, Tony Juarez, Francisco Juarez, Jason Rainey, Michael Young, Mike Johnson and Jeff Kelley. Guest book at www.meddersfuneralhome.com.

Jett Harbison Moffatt

Jett Harbison Moffatt, infant son of Josh and Randi Moffatt, died on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at the Ashley County Medical Center.

In addition to his parents, Jett is survived by his grandparents, Jim Moffatt and Angie Moffatt, David Grider and Rita Grider; his great-grandmothers, Donna Pennington and Alice Grider; his aunts, Evie Meeks and Jacob, Laura Griever and Case, Haley Grider; an uncle, Chad Courson and Sara; and cousins, Cambria Moffatt and Caleb and Nathan Thomas. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Jerry Mac Pennington, Harbison "Hob" and Nancy Moffatt, Ernest and Atha Lee Humphrey and Orrel Grider. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Imogean Bradford Nichols

Imogean "Jean" Bradford Nichols, 80, of Crossett died Friday, September 12, 2014, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on October 27, 1933, in Banks, she retired from AVA Vending Company and was a member of the Church of Christ on Pine Street in Crossett. She loved gardening and cooking.

She is survived by one son, Tommy Ray Nichols of Little Rock; two daughters, Donna Jean Delozier and Terri Lynn Haygood and husband John all of Crossett; one sister, Alice Goza and husband Larry of Magnolia; two grandchildren, Gregory Carter and Staci Tumey and husband David; one great-granddaughter, Ali Tumey; a niece, Janet Warren and husband Ricky; and a large extended family including friends and loved ones. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Doyle Eugene Nichols; an infant granddaughter, Shannon Anette Carter; her parents, Buford and Pearl Boyette Bradford; and one brother, J. R. Bradford. Memorial services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 16, at Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Larry Goza officiating.

Memorials may be made to the National Autism Association, One Park Avenue, Suite 1, Portsmouth, RI 02871, or www.nationalautism association.org. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Mary Margaret Pugh

Mary Margaret Braswell Pugh, 86, of St. Simons Island, GA, died Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at Marsh's Edge retirement community on St. Simons Island. Born in Bonham, Texas, she spent most of her life in Crossett, where she graduated from high school, and Hamburg, where she and her husband made their home and raised their children.

She was active in her children's lives and in her community and was involved in many charitable, youth and religious organizations. She and her husband George traveled extensively and enjoyed the company of many friends in Ashley County and throughout Arkansas. She was an avid fan of the Arkansas Razorbacks and loved to watch the thoroughbreds run at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs where she had box seats for many years.

Mrs. Pugh moved to St. Simons Island in 1998 and to the Marsh's Edge retirement community there in 2008. She was an active member of the island community and supported many local organizations, including the Coastal Symphony, the Humane Society, and the Salvation Army.

Survivors include three children, George B. Pugh, Jr., of St. Simons Island, Margaret Earle Pugh of Dallas, Texas, and Robert H. Pugh of Phoenix, Arizona; two grandchildren, Ashley Pugh Carroll of Macon, Georgia, and Melissa Pugh Anderson of Midlothian, Virginia; two great-grandchildren, Logan Anderson and Emily Carroll; and a cousin, Virginia Doris Wray of Dekalb, Texas. Mrs. Pugh was preceded in death by her husband, George Butler Pugh; her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Harold M. Braswell; two brothers, Harold M. Braswell, Jr., and John Earl Braswell; and her daughter-in-law Kay R. Pugh.

Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 11, at Lovely Lane Chapel in Epworth on St. Simons Island with Rev. Dr. Jimmy R. Allen officiating. A grave-side service was held at 1 p.m. Monday, September 15, at Pinewood Memorial Park in Crossett.

The family requests memorials to the Salvation Army, the Humane Society, or to the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation. Arrangements were by Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home and Jones Funeral Home in Crossett. Guest books at www.edomillerandsons.com or www.jonesservice.com.

Jack Welton Thiele

Jack Welton Thiele, 64, of Monticello died on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Born on April 26, 1950, in Dermott to William Emmett and Media Marie Calloway Thiele, he was a mechanic for tractors and automobiles. He enjoyed fishing and was a member of Eastside Missionary Baptist Church in Monticello.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Thiele of Monticello; two sons, Jack Thiele and Shane Thiele, both of Monticello; three daughters, Janet Ashcraft of Pine Bluff, Jackie Anne Legg of Hensley, and Chadsity Griffith of Hamburg; two sisters, Mary Stuart and Darlene Rotan, both of California; one step-brother, Frankie Morgan; six step-sisters, Lavon Hutchison, Claudia Clark, Frances Pesnell, Paula Boren, Sue Lester and Vickie Morris; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; a second mother, Easter Thiele; two brothers, Butch and Glen Thiele; and two step-sisters, Earline Sikes and Joyce Moore.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 14, at Magnolia Baptist Church with Bro. Mike Griffith officiating. Burial followed at the Lone Sassafrass Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Lyndon "Lynn" Vestal

Lyndon "Lynn" Vestal, 77, of Eros, LA, died Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Born January 31, 1937, he was a member of IBEW for many years. He and his wife and children traveled over a large portion of the world.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Coates Vestal; children, Donnie Vestal, Roger Wayne Vestal, Kathryn Ann Meredith, David Allen Vestal and Warren Lynn Vestal; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Linda Vestal and Judy Sadler; three brothers, George Vestal, Tony Vestal and Marvin Vestal; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Connie Vestal; a grandson, Cody Wayne Vestal; a great-grandson, Trent Weaver; two sisters, Mary Vestal and Josephine Smith; a brother, Claude Vestal; and a nephew, Gaylon Vestal.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 13, in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home in West Monroe with Rev. Jim Davis officiating. Pallbearers were Jonathan Vestal, Joshua Vestal, Justin Hurlock, Ronnie Ford, Mike Odem and Bruce Manning. Burial was in the Hasley Cemetery in West Monroe. Guest book at www.mulhearnfuneral home.com.

Doris Eugenia Wright Wider

Doris Eugenia Wright Wider, 82, of Dallas, TX, died Monday, September 8, 2014, at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Born on June 6, 1932, in Crossett, she graduated from the Missouri School for the Blind in 1953. She was an accomplished pianist and soloist, and in 1978 she released her first record on which she sang, wrote and arranged seven songs. She was among the top 20 winners selected in a statewide Ronald McDonald contest designed to raise funds to benefit cancer victims. She also performed at her annual recitals.

She is survived by her younger siblings, Margaret Allen of Dallas, TX, and John E. Wright of Effort, PA; and a host of nieces, nephews, other loved ones relatives and friends. Mrs. Wider was preceded in death by her step-father, L.M. Wright; her mother, Mary Margaret May Harris; one brother, Larry Melvin Wright; and one sister, Eula Mae Slate.

Memorial services are planned for 10 a.m. Sunday, September 21, in Dallas with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of choice. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Obituaries Published September 24

C. A. Bawcom

C. A. Bawcom, 81, of Montrose died Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village. A native of the Troy community in Drew County and a resident of Montrose and Parkdale for most of his life, he graduated from Portland High School in 1950 and Arkansas A&M, now the University of Arkansas at Monticello, in 1954. He owned and operated the IGA Grocery Store in Portland and the Bawcom Grocery Store in Montrose for many years and was a member of the Montrose Baptist Church.

He is survived by a son, Larry Bawcom and wife Linda; a daughter, Kathy Coulter and special friend, John Patrick, all of Montrose; seven grandchildren, Audrea B. Stephens and husband Chuck of Monticello, Christopher D. Wells and wife Bridget of Lake Village, Dane Bawcom and wife Dawn of Charlotte, Benjamin L. Coulter and wife Sheffield of Little Rock, Brian Rush of Clarksdale, MS, Shelley Baldwin of Jasper, AL, and Jillian Lemonds and husband Jimmy of McGehee; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Nora Fuller Bawcom, in 2011; and a great-grandson, Andrew Payton Wells; and his parents, Aubrey Davis and Malvi Ruth Andrews Bawcom.

Grave-side funeral service was planned for 11 a.m., Tuesday, September 23, in the Trafalgar Cemetery with Bro. Sanders Brooks officiating. Pallbearers were to be Perry Wilson, James Hill, Glen Bond, Steve Price, Willie Joe Griffin, Emory Austin, Jackie White and Reed Breedlove. Memorials may be made to the Montrose Baptist Church, P. O. Box 275, Montrose, AR 71658. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Kattie Frances Bell

Kattie Frances Bell, 61, of Crossett died Monday, September 15, 2014, at Baptist Health Hospital in North Little Rock. Born on October 14, 1952, in Hamburg, she was a former office manager and was a member of Soldiers Chapel A.M.E. Church. She was an outgoing person.

She is survived by two sons, Carlton Brown of Crossett and Rory Bell of Little Rock; one daughter, Elbony Bell of Little Rock; two brothers, Charles Brown and wife Sula of Magnolia and Ronney Brown of Little Rock; two sisters, Shellia Ann Lawson and husband Charles and Sandra Faye Bedford, all of Crossett; an adopted sister, Vickie Scott and husband Michael of Crossett; three grandchildren, Kylon Brown, Rory Bell, Jr., and Jayden Randle; her former husband, Ricky Bell of Little Rock; and a host of nieces, nephews, loved ones and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Hattie Mae Bunton Brown, two brothers, Larry "Terry" Brown and Dan Brown; and two sisters, Versie Mae Colbert and Ruby Jewel Robinson.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 20, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Revs. Levi Tolefree, Marvin Scott and Willie R. Taylor officiating. Pallbearers were Steven Brown, Mitch Brown, Marcus Brown, Eric Brown, Carlton Burns and Orlando Hill. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Scott, Lee Simpson, Curtis Harris, James Adams, James Tucker, Lawrence Cromwell, Willie "Bo Pete" Shaw, Sylvester Hampton and Thomas Tolefree. Burial was in Johnson Memorial Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Doris June Blissett

Doris June Blissett, 67, of Crossett died Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at her home. Born on September 23, 1946, to Dempsey and Ruth Evelyn Patterson in El Reno, Oklahoma, she was a member of Second Baptist Church of Crossett and formerly worked as a bookkeeper at Crossett Tire. She enjoyed fishing, planting flowers and antique shopping.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Charles Blissett; one daughter, Sharon Dykes and husband Ronnie; one son, Royce Blissett and wife Amy Lynn, all of Crossett; her mother, Ruth Evelyn Caplinger of Chickasha, OK; four brothers, Jerry Caplinger of Chickasha, Roy Glenn Patterson, Randy Patterson, and Charles Patterson, all of Crossett; four sisters, Linda Patterson of Oregon, Nancy Armstrong and husband Jerry of Panola, OK, Leta Claborn of Chickasha and Lola Johnson and husband Roland of Plano, TX; four grandchildren, Jason and Angela Dykes and Alexis and Ryan Blissett, along with a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Dempsey Patterson, and her stepmother Allene; a sister, Patsy Richardson; and four brothers, Johnnie and Carmen Patterson and Gene and Eddie Caplinger.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 20, at the Second Baptist Church in Crossett with Revs. Travis Roberts and Lloyd Townsend officiating followed by burial at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Corey McGilton, Kenny Pennington, Keith Harrington, James Harrington, John Surratt and Billy Joe Harrington. Honorary pallbearers were Roland Johnson, Gary Fife, Billy Reynolds, Wayne Pennington and Roger Andrews. Guest book at meddersfuneralhome.com.

Deborah Hamilton Cannon

Deborah Inez Hamilton Cannon, 62, of Crossett died on Monday, September 15, 2014, at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born on November 29, 1951, in Hamburg to Euel Lamar and Bonnie Dee Hamilton, she enjoyed the sunshine, yellow roses and was an avid reader. Dancing and listening to music were her passions.

Survivors include three daughters, Deana Rush of Monroe, LA, Tera Huntsman of Jonesboro and Jamie Cannon of Crossett; three brothers, Lamar Hamilton and Glen Hamilton of Lapile and Stephen Hamilton of Crossett; and four grandchildren, Chloe Rush of Jonesboro, Riley Rush of Crossett and Aedan Huntsman and Sydney Huntsman of Jonesboro. Mrs. Cannon was preceded in death by a sister, Joellen Hamilton.

A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Friday, September 19, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Warren Finney officiating. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Luther "Luke" Clark

Luther "Luke" Clark, 87, of Crossett died on Friday, September 19, 2014, at his residence. Born on June 24, 1927, in Jonesboro to Luther Nathanial and Iva Lee Stinson Clark, he retired from Georgia Pacific's paper operations after 46 years of service and was a World War II United States Air Force veteran. He was a member of the VFW Post 9360 and was a member of Wallers Chapel United Methodist Church for 70 years, where he served as chairman of the administrative board and Sunday School superintendent.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Ione Clark of Crossett; one daughter, Lea Ann Shivers and Colvin of Crossett; one brother, Sherman Clark of Downsville, LA; two sisters, Margaret Tonore of Monroe, LA, and Lavada Griffith of West Monroe, LA; two grandchildren, Whitney Gill and Chris of Crossett and Courtney Ferebee and Parker of Bullard, TX; and three great-grandchildren, Bryson, Alissa, and Cole. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and fourteen brothers.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, September 21, at Wallers Chapel United Methodist Church with Bros. Toby Austin and Glen Jenkins officiating. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to Wallers Chapel United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 661, Crossett, AR 71635.

Infant Silas Lee Davidson

Infant Silas Lee Davidson was born and died on Sunday, September 14, 2014, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock.

He is survived by his parents, Eddie and Nikkia Miller Davidson; one brother, Eddie Lee Davidson, Jr.; his maternal grandmother, Louise Miller; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives. Preceding him in death were his maternal grandfather, Dwain Miller, and his paternal grandparents, George and Vivian Ann Stanley Davidson.

The remains were cremated, and a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Venson Davis

Venson "Pokey" Davis, 56, of Crossett died Friday, September 19, 2014, at his residence. Born on May 16, 1958, in Hamburg, he did maintenance work for Crossett Housing Authority and was a member of Phillip Grove Baptist Church. He loved cookouts and visiting with family and friends.

He is survived by one son, Courtney Pruitt, four brothers, Mickey Davis and Margaret of New York, Mark Watkins and Antonio Cason of Hamburg and Don Foster of Crossett; seven sisters, Mary Howard and George, Jr., Ada Stanley and Glen and Rosemary Simpson of Hamburg, Idella Caldwell and Robert and Tressia Bowman and Dewayne of Crossett, Beverly Logan and Kenneth and Kimberly Doakes of Jacksonville; a special friend, Tysa Prewitt of Hamburg; and a host of nieces, nephews, loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Icola Davis Watkins and David "Bubba" Simpson; three brothers, Benjamin "Ben" Cason, Clark Simpson and Levell Cason; and two sisters, Latrice and Martha Sue Simpson. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 27, at the Epistles of God Church of Deliverance with Rev. Horace Ingram officiating. Pallbearers are Richard Montgomery, Lloyd Collins, John Ware, James Carter, Jr., Ray Stanley and Calvin Barnett. Honorary pallbearers are the Hamburg High School Class of 1976 and nephews. Burial will be in the Phillip Grove Cemetery under the directions of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Fannie Mae Denney

Fannie Mae Upshaw Denney, 80, of Crossett died Thursday, September 18, 2014, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on May 4, 1934, in Spearsville, LA, to Charlie and Manie Rhodes Upshaw, Mrs. Denney was a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, reading, crocheting and camping and was a member of North Crossett First Baptist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Brantley and Kent of Junction City; three stepdaughters, Debbie Cossey and Ray of Crossett, Sandy Dean and Jay Turnage of Nashville, TN, and Karen Bunch and Don of Russellville; one stepson, Fred Denney of Fort Smith; one sister, Vera Gatling of Crossett; seven grandchildren, Chris Brantley, Jason Brantley, Becky Landry and Paul, Roxie Orr and Brad, Josh Cossey and Georganna, Tonya Dean, Hannah McAleer and Mark; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lee Denney; three sisters, five brothers and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 20, at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bros. Robin Allen and Tyler Brantley officiating. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Burt Allen Gilbert

Burt Allen Gilbert, 49, of Crossett died Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at CHG Cornerstone Hospital of Little Rock. Born on February 20, 1965, in Herrin, IL, he was a log truck driver and a Baptist. He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing cards and loved his quiet time.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Melody Gilbert; two daughters, Cheechie Gilbert and Kathrine Gilbert; two brothers, John and Steven Gilbert; one sister, Loura Gilbert; two grandchildren, Selena and Lucas Hallman, all of Crossett; and a host of other loved ones and friends. He was preceded death by his parents, Gary Dean and Cheechie Mae Mitchell Gilbert.

His remains were cremated with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net. Memorials may be given to the charity of choice.

Queen E. Jackson

Queen E. Jackson, 79, of Crossett died Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at Stonegate Villa Health & Rehabilitation. She was born on March 25, 1935, she was a Bradley County native, had lived in Crossett for the past 55 years, was a former employee of Georgia Pacific's plywood mill and was a member of Epistles of God Church of Deliverance. She was very active in her church and had formerly served as youth director and deaconess and had also organized the young adult usher board while at First Baptist Church. She later joined Epistles of God Church of Deliverance and served as head of the Mother Board.

She is survived by six sons, Rev. Curtis Jackson, Sr., and Linda, Bobby D. Jackson and Patty, Colby Jackson and Jeanetta, all of Crossett, Johnny Fisher and Debra of Warren, Rev. Travis Jackson, Sr., and Carolyn and Winford Jackson and Merdis of Fordyce; three daughters, Patricia Jackson and Jacqulyn Wills and William of Crossett and Carolyn Dismute and Lonnie of Fordyce; 26 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Jackson; two sons, Eddie Colen and Johnny Jackson; a grandson, Terry Jackson; her parents, Maggie and Robert Brodie and Willie Ridgell; and a daughter-in-law, Joyce Colen.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, September 19, Epistles of God Church of Deliverance with Chester Bell and Mary Arnold officiating. Pallbearers were Mario Brown, Colon Sims, Jeff Holyfield, Bruce Wright, Chad Johnson and Lawrence Tucker. Honorary pallbearers were grandsons. Burial was in the Westview Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Frankie Gene Johnson

Frankie Gene Johnson, 54, of Crossett died Saturday, September 20, 2014, at his home. Born on June 17, 1960, in Dermott, he was a disabled roofer and a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed listening to music and watching old westerns on TV. He was also a football fan and loved watching his favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, play.

He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Grayson; two brothers, Calvin Johnson and Detonio Grayson of Crossett; seven sisters, Shirley Scott and Rev. Marvin, Sharon Kaye Johnson and Vivian Langford of Crossett, Fredonia Breathitt and David of Springdale, June Martin of Dallas, TX, Minnie Grayson and Lillie Givins of Milwaukee, WI; a special friend, Angie Jacob; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Johnson, and his step-father, Walter Grayson.

Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Friday, September 26, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist with Pastor Jesse Radford, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers are Lawrence Tucker, Robert Williams, Ricky Brown, Billy Ray Brown, Jimmy Tate, Jr. and Raymond Clark. Honorary pallbearers are the Crossett High School Class of 1979. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery. Viewing is Thursday, September 25, from 1-7 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home.

Online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Jude Daniel Netherland

Jude Daniel Netherland, 4, of Crossett died Thursday, September 19, 2014, at the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. Born in Bastrop, LA, on March 12, 2010, to Justin "JB" and Fallon Netherland, he loved watching his favorite cartoon, Spongebob Squarepants, Toy Story and Frozen. He also enjoyed playing with his monkey iPhone, but his favorite toys were his Incredible Hulk and other super hero action figures.

Survivors include his parents, a big brother, Jace Netherland; and grandparents Jack and Lois Netherland and Daniel and Barbara Hickman, all of Crossett; and two great-grandmothers, Daisy Norris of Greeneville, TX, and Erceline Baily of Bryan, TX, along with a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral service was at 3 p.m., Sunday, September 21, at Grace Christian Fellowship Church with Scott Wheeler officiating followed by burial at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Jesse Gulledge, Seth Evans, Jim Warren, Josh Hartley, Jeremy Mills, Alan Brewer, Tyler Netherland and Jason Holland. Honorary pallbearers were Daniel, Robert and Jared Hickman and Jack, Clint, David and Wynn Netherland.

The family requests memorials to the Ronald McDonald House of Little Rock or the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Jude's honor. Guest book at www.meddersfuneralhome.com.

Charles Lexie Rickman, Jr.

Charles Lexie Rickman, Jr., also known as Pops or Hillbilly, 58, of Crossett died on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at his residence. Born on September 6, 1956, in Crossett, to Charles Lexie, Sr., and Shirley Mae Carter Rickman, he had been a welder for Arkansas Oregon Pneumatics for many years. He enjoyed mechanic work, hunting, fishing and the outdoors and attended Wallers Chapel Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Ann West Rickman of Crossett; two sons, Rodney "Shane" Rickman and Dana and Jerrick Adam Rickman and Eden, all of Crossett; his dad, Charles Lexie Rickman, Sr., of Crossett; one sister, Dianne Mercer and James of Crossett; one brother, Ronald Edward Rickman and Cathy of Crossett; and three grandchildren, Heather Lynn Hudson, Daisy Ann Rickman, Dakota Carter Rickman and Kaitlyn Pennington. He was preceded in death by his mother.

Funeral services were at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, September 20, at Wallers Chapel Methodist Church with Bro. Toby Austin officiating. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

John Mark Tietz, Sr.

John Mark Tietz Sr., 74, of Eudora died Saturday, September 13, 2014, at UAMS in Little Rock. Born March 16, 1940, in Empire to the late Edward B. Tietz and Ethel May Burdine Tietz, he was a retired diesel mechanic and a member of the Aulds Baptist Church in Portland.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Sibley Tietz of Eudora; a son, John Mark Tietz, Jr., and wife, Brenda of Lake Village; a daughter, Amber Tietz of Hamburg; two brothers, Benard Tietz and Ruben Tietz of Oak Grove, LA; three sisters, Audel Currie of Monroe, LA, Leah Posey of Fort Worth, Texas, and Rachael Towe of Crescent City, CA; five grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, at Aulds Baptist Church with Rev. Monty Meek officiating. Burial followed in the Parkdale Cemetery under the direction of Bishop-King Funeral Home of Lake Village. Guest book at www.bishopkingfuneralhome.com.

J. E. "Jack" Willis

J. E. "Jack" Willis, 83, of Crossett died Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Born on February 20, 1931, in Milo to Jefferson David and Flonna Gilmore Willis, Mr. Willis was a construction worker. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his son, Mike Willis and LaDonna of Crossett, AR; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Irene Leona Brantley Willis.

A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. Friday, September 19, at Jones Funeral Home chapel under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Recommended for you